Let’s be creative so we can provide smaller class sizes

I see Red Deer schools will be going back in September.

I know each class will be less than 50 students, but I worry about my grandchildren and nieces and nephews going back to 25 or 30 students who have just had six months of uncontrolled freedom.

I feel sorry for the teachers trying to get knowledge into the heads of speedy advanced learners and handicapped students, blended with average kids.

If there is any way to reduce classes to less than 15 students who are mostly at the same learning ability level, it will be much easier for those students and teachers.

One solution my mind came up with, is hiring all the recent university graduates, and retiring teachers each school division can get their hands on.

Search out vacancies. I mean offices, vacant large houses, warehouses, closed restaurants, former hotels, empty mall stores, anywhere that has large rooms.

Divide the students among the new teachers, in as small of groups as possible, like eight to 15 students.

For the next year, the students would study in unusual places that are safer. There wouldn’t be playgrounds in the downtown zone, or the warehouse districts, but maybe they could fence in the roofs for recreation areas.

Mary Ann Steele, Red Deer

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